Italian Culture In Melbourne


La Dolce Italia gives you the chance to get up close and personal with a truly inspirational Hollywood star who is as respected for her social activism as she is for her film career. Academy Award winner and Hollywood icon Susan Sarandon will share stories, insight, and laughter during two events – an intimate luncheon and evening stage presentation – on August 7th. 

An actor, activist, writer and director, Susan’s illustrious career has spanned over 50 years and includes timeless films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, and Dead Man Walking. 

Both events include meet and greet opportunities with Susan, however tickets are limited, so register your interest now for first opportunity to purchase tickets.

Also an international guest artist is currently being signed to head down under for La Dolce Italia at the Charity Gala Dinner in early 2017. The evening will raise much needed funds for The Bully Zero Australia Foundation.

Italy’s enduring cultural legacy, passion for life lived to its fullest and appreciation of the finer things will be on display as Melbourne plays host to La Dolce Italia 2016. The calendar of events will expose Australia to the richness of the Italian way of life, focusing on food, fashion, culture, family and the arts.

From the early days of the Victorian Gold Rush, to the birth of the modern café-culture, the Italian influence on Melbourne’s identity and way of life has enhanced all Melbourne has to offer.

Now the second largest ethnic group in Melbourne, Italian artisans over the years have instilled in our society an appreciation for deliciously simple al fresco dining, luxurious fashions and a great passion for sport and art. Italian phrases have effortlessly become a part of our language and Carlton’s Lygon St, the ‘Little Italy’ of Melbourne, is a popular district for those seeking the pleasures of Italian culture and cuisine, without the travel.

La Dolce Italia was launched in Melbourne by the incomparable Sophia Loren in April 2015. The goodwill visit by Sophia Loren was an important curtain raiser for La Dolce Italia 2016 and the future.

The glittering event supported by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Premier Dan Andrews, the Italian Ambassador Pier Francesco ZAZO, and Italian Consul to Melbourne, Marco Maria Cerbo, launched La Dolce Italia and raised funds for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
EventCepts delivered the new signature annual gala event to rave reviews and extensive media coverage for the outstanding diversity and excellence of the night’s entertainment. The positive response from a who’s who of people from all walks of life conclusively proved strong public interest in Italian icons and quality themed events that can generate energy, interest and excitement for Melbourne. Little wonder then that performers from across the broad spectrum of the Arts gleefully take-up the opportunity to support La Dolce Italia, its Charity Gala Dinner and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. A galaxy of stars and celebrities were in attendance and guests were treated to some mesmerising performances from a selection of the best talent Australia and Italy has to offer. The evening in April with our international guest was hosted by MC’s John Deeks (Australia TV network icon), star of Italian stage and screen, Lidia Vitale, and James Liotta, Italo-Australian actor, comedian and presenter.The entertainment was provided by up and coming Italian popstar and star of acclaimed film AmelukFrancesca “Franky” Giaccari, the audience was enchanted by Elly Oh as she continues her journey from Opera to pop sensation via her finals berth on The Voice, and Teresa Vee who’s known for her vocals in the recording, La Dolce Italia.Legends of the Southern Land featuring John Swan, Ray Burgess, Marty Rhone, John St Peeters and Tommy Emmanuel were a wonderful treat for admirers of Oz-rock.  They were also joined by internationally renowned songwriter, performer and storyteller Phil Walleystack with more stirring music and dancers that dazzled the audience with a sumptuous rhythmic feast for the senses.